National: GiveIndia and Indiaspora are entering into a strategic, long-term partnership to amplify philanthropic giving from institutions, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals from the United States to social impact initiatives in India.
Indiaspora works to position the global Indian diaspora as a force for good. Through its philanthropy initiatives, it encourages greater philanthropic giving from the Indian diaspora, with a significant focus on giving to India. Between 2020 and 2021, Indiaspora, along with its partners, mobilised $15 million in funding to support COVID relief efforts both in India and in the United States.
“We are delighted to join hands with GiveIndia, given the significant and complementary strengths of both organisations,” said Indiaspora’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, MR Rangaswami, “Leveraging Indiaspora’s network of prominent Indian diaspora leaders and GiveIndia’s network of on-the-ground nonprofit partners, we look forward to accelerating global philanthropic giving to India.”
GiveIndia works to alleviate poverty by enabling all donors—everyday givers, high-net-worth individuals, corporates, and foundations—to give to causes in India through its trusted and verified network of Indian nonprofits. Since its inception, GiveIndia’s community of more than two million donors and over 250 partners have supported more than 2,500 nonprofits, serving more than 15 million people across India.
“We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership with Indiaspora brings,” said Atul Satija, CEO of GiveIndia. “U.S. philanthropists played an invaluable role in our COVID response work over the last couple of years. This partnership allows us to bolster these existing relationships and significantly scale our support for India’s social sector.”
The partnership will operate as GiveIndia in the U.S. and will aim to support over 500 nonprofits in India through philanthropic contributions from more than 200 partners over the next three years.
“I am very excited to hear about this partnership between Indiaspora and GiveIndia,” said Sunil Wadhwani, philanthropist, Founder of WISH Foundation and Co-Founder of the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “This is the type of bold collaboration that is needed to strengthen the bridge between U.S. philanthropists and the Indian social sector. It is an opportunity to make a quantum leap in giving to India.”
Ashish Shah, formerly Senior Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement at Indiaspora, will lead the new venture as CEO of North America. The partnership will initially be supported by a three-member team and will look to grow to a team of more than 25 people over the next few years to increase its impact.
“This partnership could not be more timely. Recent increases in intensity and giving show that this is truly a transformative moment for philanthropy in India. Through the combined strengths of both organisations, this partnership will allow us to capitalise on this moment and empower U.S. donors and institutions to give both generously and strategically to make a meaningful impact on India’s development,” said Ashish Shah.